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Driving Tour #1 – Scenic Route

Itching to get out on the road and take in some of Ferry County’s scenic and very photogenic points of interest?  This tour takes you to six of the area’s prettiest (and most accessible) scenic view points. The tour starts at the Republic Cemetery overlook, swings around the northern most point of Curlew Lake, passes through photogenic Malo, Washington, takes you to several view points along the Kettle River, then to the Curlew Lake State Park on the west side of Curlew Lake, and then back to Republic. For a detailed description of the route’s points of interest, click on the photos or the links below. Read more

Eagle Track Raceway

Race Information

If it has been awhile since you enjoyed the excitement of small-town, dirt-track racing, this is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the experience.

Located a half mile south of Republic, Washington on Pendry Road, the nonprofit Eagle Track Raceway Association hosts 3/8 mile, dirt-track, stock car racing. Classes include Modified, Street Stock, and Fever Four (Fever-4). Read more

Ferry County Fair

Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of A County Fair….
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Ferry County Fair Carousel

Ride a country fair merry-go-round at the Ferry County Fairgrounds and experience the golden age of carousels….

In 1958 a group of local ranchers cosigned a $2000.00 loan to purchase a portable Country Fair style carousel, with 24 hand-carved horses, that they’d located in Tacoma, Washington. They carried it back to Republic, Washington in the back of a wheat truck, where it quickly became a favorite attraction at the annual Ferry County Fair.
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Ferry Lake

Trout fishing in a secluded and serene location.

This off-the-beaten path, but easily-accessed lake offers visitors to the Colville National Forest a tranquil location to camp, fish, and hike. With its handful of camp sites and ban on combustion engines, the lake is quiet enough to hear ducks and loons calling to each other across the lake. Read more

Fish Lake

A tiny, clear-water lake, perfect for fly fishinhg….

Slightly more than a pond and a bit less than a full-fledged lake, tree- and cattail-lined Fish Lake, Washington is set high in the hills of the Colville National Forest, just a third of a mile drive or an easy hike from the Long Lake campgrounds. Read more

Fishing Guide Map to Curlew Lake

Find out where the rainbow trout, tiger muskie, and bass fish are hiding.
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Great Hunting in Ferry County, Washington

Highway map to Ferry County, Washington

The Eastern Washington State mountains and fields of Ferry County are beautiful and rich with game. The county boasts seven game management units (GMUs), but of particular note is the Sherman 101 unit, which blankets much of the county and provides some of Washington State’s best opportunities for hunting and capturing a mule deer, white-tailed deer, black bear, or turkey.

Man displays four-point buck.

Hunter displays four-point buck he harvested in Ferry County, WA. Photo: Diane Sims

The Colville National Forest (including the Kettle River Range) encompasses much of the Sherman unit, and provides a well-balanced environment of open fields, meadows, riparian areas, and timbered hillsides that are attractive to wildlife and hunters alike. Happily, these lands are accessible to hunters via a network of logging and unimproved national park roads.

Woman hunter poses behind wild turkey she shot during hunting season.

Hunter poses with wild turkey she shot in northern Ferry County, WA.

Averaging only 3.4 residents per square mile (compared to King County’s 912 per sq. mile) hunters visiting Ferry County are less likely to find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder with other hunters or area residents, and more likely to have an inviting landscape and a peaceful, open meadow all to themselves.

Camping and lodging are readily available, and several of the area’s campgrounds, RV parks, lake resorts, and inns provide hunters with special facilities, such as refrigerated game lockers.  Businesses in the town of Republic, Washington welcome hunters and are equipped to provide them with all the provisions (e.g., maps, guns and ammunition, camping gear, lodging, and food) necessary for a successful hunt.

Ferry County Game Management Units (GMUs)

GMU # GMU Name
101 Sherman
105 Kellyhill
121 Huckleberry
133 Roosevelt
136 Harrington
204 Okanogan East
233 Pogue

More Hunting Information Resources

Black bear walking through the woods. Photo: Michael Glasgo

Republic Ranger District

180 North Jefferson (corner of Jefferson and Tessie Avenues)
Republic, WA 99166
(509) 775-3305

Colville Forest Information

755 South Main Street
Colville, WA 99114
(509) 684-7000

Republic Regional Visitors and Convention Bureau

Gateway to Adventure
600 S Clark Ave
PO Box 325
Republic, WA 99166
(509) 775-3387

Additional Resources

Wild turkey walking through snow.  Republic, Washington 99166

Three flocks of wild turkeys make their homes near Republic, Washington.

Historic Malo Store

An historic and charming grocery store in tiny Malo, Washington…. Read more